In 2003, Java Beach Cafe proprietors, Pat and Buffy Maguire, enlisted the help of local Sunset District residents and the then supervisor, Fiona Ma, to convert a desolate lot at La Playa and Judah into a green space with benches. Another local, Steve Ward, took the initiative to extend La Playa Park (LPP) on the opposing south side of the N-Judah Turnaround. Volunteers made up of neighbors and Java Beach patrons came together to turn a trash strewn, neglected area into a beautiful community space complete with bird baths, flowers, bocce ball courts, and edible landscaping.
Many people made significant contributions of time and materials and continue to do so to this daily. Locally grown Dennis Webb of Denis Webb Construction poured in his heart and expertise into this project, without which this transformation may not have come about. From city government, we had the support at DPW from Sandra Zuniga, Julia Brashares and Director, Mohammed Nuru. Taraval Police Captain Keith Sanford was hugely pivotal in acting as a liaison and educating us on how to work with City Services. A special thanks goes to Ted Kirk, a local, who volunteered many hours to bring this vision to life.
Today, the La Playa Park Coalition, made up of local residents, is fiscally sponsored by the San Francisco Park Alliance. The purpose of the coalition and its partners is to advance the quality of life for the village residents and visitors geared toward a family supportive environment. It serves various functions with endeavors ranging from carpentry to tech to landscaping, crime abatement, recreation, beautification, traffic and pedestrian safety, development, maintenance, fundraising, and disseminating information. This work is performed in collaboration with civic and local partners such as the LPP Merchants Association and LPP Watch Group.
La Playa Park, historically known as San Francisco’s Outside Lands, has been fully supported by supervisors Fiona Ma, Carmen Chu and Katy Tang and Mayors Newsom and Lee. Support is also provided from the corporate community as well. For example, the Wasserman Foundation, sponsors of the Bay to Breaker Race, donates to the community on an annual basis.
La Playa Plaza includes the area surrounding the N-Judah turnaround, the park, where Lower Great Highway and La Playa Street merge with Judah Street. The Plaza is a visual anchor for the village from Sunset Boulevard looking down Judah Street to the Pacific Ocean.
Visit our plaza for a spring time explosion of floral rainbows and spectacular sunsets. With its wide selection of restaurants and bars, spontaneous live musical outbursts, close proximity to transit lines, Golden Gate Park, and Ocean Beach, you can’t help but slow down, take a breath, and relax all while connecting with the locals.
The beach village of San Francisco urges you to support our community and to help us to continue to thrive!